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Champions League: Liverpool the LEAST likely English side to reach knockout stages

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Liverpool are the least likely Premier League side to progress to the Champions League knockout phase this season while Manchester United are not among the top-eight contenders, suggests a statistical forecast on the competition.

Europe's leading club competition gets underway tonight with Chelsea - the defending champions - rated as the second-most likely team to go through as a result of a favourable group.

For Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, they have only a 7 per cent chance of winning the Champions League this season, according to the Euro Club Index which is what the forecast is based on.

Via the statistical analysis, a Lionel Messi-led PSG side are only the seventh favourites to win the competition, with Barcelona four per cent more likely and Manchester City 11 per cent more likely.

'The Champions League holders are in a group with the Euro Club Index's lowest ranked second seed, lowest ranked third seed and second lowest ranked fourth seed.

Leipzig were the team who suffered most from the draw, with their qualification odds dropping by 17 per cent after being drawn alongside City and PSG.Yet Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern are the only teams which start the competition with over 90 per cent chance of qualifying for the knockout phase.

Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit, Benfica, Leipzig, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Villarreal and RB Salzburg are the most likely teams to finish third in their groups and progress to the Europa League knockout rounds.

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